Master Barber

Provide cuts and other hair care services to men.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Master Barbers do?

Master Barbers provide hair care treatments and services. But beyond the traditional buzz cut and beard trimming (yes, these are still part of the job), the modern Master Barber also provides other services, such as fitting hairpieces, and coloring, curling, and waving hair.

In this job, you do more than just take care of hair, though. Keeping your work area (known as a station) clean and free of stray hair is necessary to comply with state health department regulations. This includes all materials and tools such as scissors, trimmers, curling irons, combs, and brushes.

Working in a spa, a styling salon, a barbershop, a resort, or even an airport, you predominantly deal with men’s hair. To increase profits, you may also promote, recommend, and sell hair-related products such as gel, hairspray, and brushes.

If you’re a self-employed Master Barber, you must handle all aspects of your business on top of all your hair-care duties. Maintaining client files, dealing with personnel issues (such as hiring and firing), taking inventory, and coming up with ideas to increase clientele are all additional tasks to fill each workday.

The ability to stand, bend, twist, and lift up to 30 pounds repeatedly is important in this position, so make sure you’re fit. You work long hours, several days per week, but it’s not all drudgery because you develop tight friendships with regular customers. More than just paying customers, your regulars often become an extension of your family, which makes heading to work each day something to look forward to.

Should I be a Master Barber?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Master Barber

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